When I first saw a photo of Sezincote House, I assumed it was an Indian palace in a far away land that I might never visit. When I realised it was in England, I felt a bit more optimistic. Last Winter, when I realised it was only an hour and a half away at the top of the Cotswolds, I added the opening date into my calendar for the following Summer.
Despite smashing and upgrading phones a handful of times, the date remained in my calendar, and we made it to Sezincote House.
I spent a little while reading about the property, because I couldn’t help but wonder ‘what on earth is a house like this doing in the Cotswolds?’
The story of Sezincote is one of a kind, as you might expect looking at the house. Englishman John Cockerell purchased the estate in 1795, after a military career in India lead him to wealth. John’s visions of restoring the estate were cut short when he passed away three years later. John’s brother, Samuel, acquired the estate and began transforming it into the Indian palace we see today. Although a number of nabobs purchased estates with their riches, Sezincote House is the only one to be ‘possesed an architecture shaped by elements of Indian design’. So it really is one of a kind. Sezincote House is also said to be the inspiration for Brighton Pavillion, after hosting Prince Regent.
Samuel’s son Charles completed work on Sezincote, though the house had to be sold after Charles’ death due to lack of finance. Sezincote has been occupied by the Kleinwort family since 1944, who choose to allow public visits at certain times.
History lesson aside, we loved visiting the house. If there was ever a time I felt like breaking into my savings account to see the world, it was while we were at Sezincote.